Yard Waste:

Accepted Materials: Leaves and grass only.

Not Accepted: Branches, twigs, straw, and hay.

Plastic bags may be used for transport, but yard waste must be debagged.  Only BPI-certified compostable bags or paper bags are allowed.

Household Organics Recycling:

The following items are accepted for Household Organics Recycling.  Click HERE for a printable version.



  • Fruit and Vegetables – peelings, pits, and shells
  • Meat, Fish – bones, scales, and shells
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs and Eggshells
  • Bakery and Dry Goods
  • Pet Food


  • Soiled food napkins, paper towels and tissues
  • Paper Egg Cartons
  • Shredded Paper
  • Pizza Boxes from Delivery
  • Brown Lawn Bags
  • Certified Compostable Plates, Bowls and Containers**


  • Coffee Grounds and filters, Tea Bags
  • Houseplant Trimmings
  • Wood Chopsticks, Popsicle Sticks, and Toothpicks
  • Certified-Compostable Plastic Products **Must have BPI or Cedar Grove logo on product or product container Search for your product here to see if it’s BPI certified.

NOT ACCEPTED:   These items are recyclable and are NOT accepted:


  • Grease or Oil
  • Chewing Gum


  • Paper that can be recycled
  • Cartons (Milk Cartons, Juice Boxes, Soup, Broth, and Wine cartons)
  • Refrigerated and Frozen Food Boxes
  • Fast Food Wrappers, Butcher Paper/Wrap
  • Microwave Popcorn Bags
  • Ice Cream Tubs
  • Chinese Take-Out Food Containers
  • Containers that aren’t BPI-certified as Compostable


  • Recyclable items such as Glass, Metal, Paper, or Plastic
  • Glued, Painted, or Treated Wood
  • Animal Waste and Litter
  • Diapers and Sanitary Products
  • Cleaning or Baby Wipes
  • Cigarettes
  • Fireplace or BBQ Ashes
  • Rocks, Soil, and Dirt
  • Dryer Sheets or Dryer Lint
  • Charcoal

See a complete yes/no list here

Why Compost?
Up to 30% of what you place in the trash bin is organic waste and it is illegal in Minnesota to
dispose of yard waste in the landfill. By composting your household organics and yard waste, you are
keeping it out of the landfill and creating a valuable soil additive used in landscaping and gardening.


Please contact the Planning Department with any questions.